K-State Rattles WSU, OU in Spring Competition

MANHATTAN, Kan. In preparation of their 2008 volleyball season, the Kansas State Wildcats opened their spring slate with solid victories in the first of four consecutive weekends of competition. K-State picked up wins in nine of 10 games against Wichita State and conference foe Oklahoma last Saturday in Wichita, Kan.


The Wildcats delivered versus the Shockers, who were hosting the event, as they snatched four victories in the five games contested. K-State finished with scores of 25-19, 26-28, 25-19, 25-20, 15-11. In play against the Sooners, the Cats cruised to five game wins in sets of 25-12, 25-18, 25-16, 25-20, 15-10.


Rita Liliom, returning for her final campaign in 2008, paced the Cats with strong hitting that included 25 kills and a .320 hitting percentage on the day. Freshman jitters aside, sophomore-to-be Julianne Chisholm put down an additional 23 kills for the Cats on .290 hitting while playing in the opposite position.


“It was a good day of competition,” associate head coach Jeff Grove said. “We were able to evaluate some things we have been working on specifically on defense. We are looking forward to the challenge of playing two teams who played in last year’s final four this weekend in Houston.”


K-State will travel to the Lone Star State for the third annual Texas Tornados College Spring Tournament in Houston, Texas. Out of 24 teams scheduled to compete, the Wildcats anticipate match-ups versus Penn State, USC, Stephen F. Austin and TCU. Penn State completed its 2007 season with the program’s second NCAA women’s volleyball title, while USC lost in the semifinals to Stanford 3-2.